Star Wars Galactic Heroes Review: Darth Vader & Stormtrooper

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After gushing about how fantastic the version of Darth Vader was that came with Jedi Knight Luke, it’s a little depressing that I ended up buying the original, worse version only a few days later just to snag myself a Stromtrooper.

For the longest time, the Galactic Heroes feel into a few categories in terms of pose: those with guns and those without. The Stormtroopers and their older brothers, the Clone Troopers, were well sculpted but horribly posed. I’m guessing parents didn’t want their kids to have toys that aimed guns. So the figures held their guns off to the sides and called it good. Only it didn’t look good, it looked weird and unnatural.

Finally after 9 years, Hasbro released a Stormtrooper that could hold his gun and actually aim! I knew I needed to get one and grabbed the pack when I saw it.

The Stormtrooper is holding his blaster in his right hand and using his left hand to steady it. It’s a great little action-y pose that works well for displays and playing. To go along with the great pose, the figure also has a fantastic sculpt.

The Stormtrooper’s armor is intricately designed with overlapping plates and details. The black paint is used to break up the flow at joints and works very well. A few areas on the helmet even have different shades of gray painted on for the vents. The blaster is just painted a shiny dark gray.

The one issue with the Stormtrooper for me is the articulation. He only moves at the right elbow with an oddly angled joint, so it only looks good when it’s resting in his hand. The simple addition of waist and neck articulation could have really helped this figure go from decent to exceptional.

The Stormtrooper is paired up with Darth Vader. Vader is a minor repaint of the one that came with Emperor Palpatine and has been getting regularly released and rereleased over almost the last decade.

Vader isn’t a bad figure, but he is beginning to show his age. The hollow plastic, horribly oversized proportions that even the Hulk would find odd and the cloth cape. It all just seems reminiscent of what the line was, not what it is.

Vader’s slightly repainted and is now sporting black shoulder pads and red and blue buttons on his chest piece. Not a whole lot of excitement. He still moves at the shoulders and is still doing that infernal pointing pose. This sculpt just really needs to be retired, especially after seeing how exceptional Boba Fett‘s new sculpt turned out.

This pack meant I basically paid $8 for a Stormtrooper. It’s absurd since I could get an actual Stormtrooper for the same amount! Vader isn’t bad; he’s just a chunky relic of the past. The Stormtrooper is decent but could become so much better with a few minor tweaks. I know some Galactic Heroes collectors like the standardized look but I prefer stuff that’s unique and different. If you don’t own a Vader and want these two characters, it’s a perfectly serviceable pack. But for me, it’s just a letdown.

Written by jestergoblin

May 29th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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